On the 2023 Black Balloon Day, March 6, the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce (OATF) will be on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to honor those lost to overdose.
The event will draw attention to the tens of thousands of annual deaths related to opioid abuse and addiction in the U.S.
“Virtual” black balloons will be available that community members may release to honor their loved ones.
OATF will also be distributing free naloxone with a short training. Naloxone is a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can and will save lives and can be a staple in any home’s first aid kit.
The lights in Gettysburg Lincoln Square and New Oxford Square will be shaded in purple to designate this special day. Members of the community are also encouraged to hang a black balloon outside of their house.
Black Balloon Day, started in Massachusetts in 2016, was the inspiration of family members to honor lost loved ones due to overdose. The event has grown from a local remembrance birthed out of a family’s loss to an internationally-celebrated day that shines a light on the opioid fight and honors those who have died — human beings who had families: parents, spouses, children and others who loved them and whom they loved.
Overdose is a real problem, but by educating ourselves about it and working together, we can reduce overdoses and save lives. For more information on this event or the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce, please call Lisa Lindsey at 717-338-0300 x 109. Visit their website at www.overdosefreeadams.org.